BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
OxfordOxford

BBC Homepage
»BBC Local
Oxford
Things to do
People & Places
Nature
History
Religion & Ethics
Arts and Culture
BBC Introducing
TV & Radio

Sites near Oxford

Beds Herts Bucks
Berkshire
Coventry
Gloucestershire
Northampton
Wiltshire

Related BBC Sites

England
 

Contact Us


May 2005
Four Nights in Knaresborough
Four Nights in Knaresborough
Four Nights in Knaresborough


Four Nights in Knaresborough

by Paul Webb

The Burton Taylor

Tues 10th-Sat 14th May.

SEE ALSO
Stage

WEB LINKS
The Burton Taylor
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites.

PRINT THIS PAGE

View a printable version of this page.

get in contact

By Rosie Hetherington

I can heartily recommend a great time in Knaresborough, with these passionate knights who swear-a-lot. It's a cross between "Reservoir Dogs" and "A Knight's Tale" without the rocking soundtrack. In fact the soundtrack is conspicuous by its absence. According to The Cherwell there should have been a pounding drumbeat. The drummer boy must have cut himself, along with the sound engineer. Director Phil Ormrod needs to be more careful where he leaves those swords. You could have someone's eye out! Glad I wasn't sitting in the front row as they practised their swings.

This premiere student production brings a chill to the blood with the feel of a cold draughty Yorkshire castle. As Thomas Becket's murderers hide out from public outrage and papal animosity, their relationships and loyalties to the King are tested to the limit.

"Ever fall in love with someone you shouldn't fall in love with?" These knights did and their barely suppressed sexual desires and violent mood swings threaten to destroy them all. The troubled yet still handsome Morville (Ted Hodgkinson) struggles with his guilty conscience and the knightly ideals of honour, chastity, and chivalry to which he holds dear.

Like Monty Python and the Medieval Reservoir Dogs this show is full of traditional British toilet humour and tense bloody violence. Their powerful leader Fitz (Phil Ormrod) and the manipulative Traci (Harry Lee) clash over love and loyalty to the crown. Catherine (Vix Ross) provides the damsel in distress or in control. I must disagree with the impetuous Brito (Charlie Morrison) it really is very funny.

With a spiral of unrequited love you might think you'd wandered into a "Dream". The body count reminds you it's just a nightmare.

line
Top | Stage Index | Home
Reviews Archive Stage
Stage review archive

Oxford venue guide

Listings page


The Weather Click for flicks Harry Potter fan site Contact Us
Write:
BBC Oxford,
269 Banbury Road,
Oxford,
OX2 7DW
E-mail:
oxford@bbc.co.uk
Phone:
08459 311 111



About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy